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EXP 9 - 100 DAYS IN SPACE 27 JULY 2004



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat A/C #31468

* Expedition 9 Conducts Suit Checks on 100th Day in Space*
The Expedition 9 crewmembers -- Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA ISS 
Science Officer Mike Fincke -- marked their 100th day in space Tuesday. 
It was also their 98th day aboard the International Space Station.

They continued preparations for their third spacewalk 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/crew/exp9/eva/index.html>. 
Activities included checkouts of the Russian Orlan spacesuits they will 
use to conduct the 6-hour excursion. They also participated in a 
required pre-spacewalk cardiovascular assessment.

The spacewalk is scheduled for Aug. 3, beginning at 2:10 a.m. CDT (0719 
GMT). The spacewalk objectives are the deployment and retrieval of 
experiments on the Russian segment of the Station and outfitting of the 
Zvezda Service Module 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/assembly/elements/sm/index.html> 
with navigation aids for next year's maiden flight of the European 
Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship.

On July 28, NASA officials will discuss the upcoming spacewalk during a 
briefing 
<http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/jul/HQ_n04112_station_spacewalk.html> 
that starts at 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT). Then at 1:45 p.m. CDT (1845 GMT), 
the ISS' next crew, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight 
Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, will preview its six-month stay in space. 
Both briefings will air live on NASA TV 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/nasatv/index.html>.

Also this week, the Progress 14 spacecraft is scheduled to leave the 
ISS. Undocking is set for 1:06 a.m. CDT (0606 GMT) Friday. After 
undocking from the aft end of Zvezda, Progress 14 and its load of trash 
will be commanded to burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Its departure sets 
the stage for the arrival of Progress 15 on Aug. 14. Progress 15 will 
launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

International Space Station Status Report No. 41 
<http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/spacenews/reports/issreports/2004/iss04-41.html>.
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